Tour Achieve and Get Professional Development Training in June 2019
In this Issue:
  • Tour the Achieve Database
  • We've Moved
  • Wisconsin Literacy Welcomes Kay MacKenzie to the Board
  • Meet Alejandro Ramirez Gonzalez from Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility
  • Member Spotlight: Menominee Education Tribal Department
  • Free Mental Health Training
  • GED Conference in July
  • Join Madison Reading Project as the Outreach and Literacy Coordinator
  • A Marketing Resource for Organizational Members of ProLiteracy
  • Improve Adult Literacy Skills With Free Apps for Andriod
Wisconsin Literacy News
Tour the Achieve Database
Virtually tour the Achieve Database on June 26th from 1:00-2:00.

Find out:
  • how it works;
  • what data it captures;
  • if it is right for your organization; and
  • how to start using it.

(Pricing for the calendar year is based on how many learners you serve.)

WL members get a 50% discount. Members pay:
  • 1-24 = $150
  • 25-74 = $400
  • 75-149 = $700
  • 150+ = $950

For more information on pricing or about Achieve in general, contact Liz Fitzpatrick at or (608) 257-1655 ext. 3.
We've Moved
Please update your records with our new address:

211 S. Paterson St.
Suite 170
Madison, WI 53703

We’ll have the same phone numbers and email addresses.

Thank you for all you do to make our community a better place!
Wisconsin Literacy Welcomes Kay MacKenzie to the Board
Wisconsin Literacy welcomes Kay MacKenzie to the board. Kay currently is the Director of Operations at Centro Hispano Milwaukee (CHM), a multi-service, nonprofit organization. She has a master’s degree in business management from Cardinal Stritch University and certificate in human services administration-nonprofit management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

In over 20 years of experience at CHM, she held positions as an instructor, adult education manager and programs manager. She served as a past president of the Greater Milwaukee Literacy Coalition and co-chaired numerous community-based initiatives. She served on advisory, curriculum and client reporting committees for the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). She also performed program assessments and grant funding evaluations.  

Her passion about the critical role of literacy in raising equity in our communities will be a great asset to the board.
Success Stories
Meet Alejandro Ramirez Gonzalez from Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility
Alejandro Ramirez Gonzales was raised in a small ranch in Jalisco, Mexico where he worked in the fields, feeding cows, pigs, and chickens. When he was 13, he moved with his family to Milwaukee.  He had to learn a new language and study at the same time. He struggled to keep up in school.  

When he was 19 years old, he got in a car accident was sent to Racine Youthful Offender Correctional facility. He says, "That is when I decided to change my life and help others. I set myself a couple of short term goals like getting my HSED, getting a vocational [degree], completing all of my programs while in prison and improving my English."

Member Spotlight:
Menominee Tribal Education Department
Julie Schultz, Adult Education Coordinator and Instructor of the Menominee Tribal Education Department, shares what makes Menominee Tribal Education Department unique, the challenges they face, and their successes.

Professional Development
Free Refugee Mental Health Training
Tuesday, June 11 from 9:00am - 4:00 pm
Jewish Social Services
437 S. Yellowstone Dr. Suite 203
Madison, WI 53719-1117

This training is intended for mental health providers as well as all individuals who serve refugees. All are welcome to attend part or all of this training.

Contact Savitri Tsering (608)267-3733 or

Organized by Debbie Davis from Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic in coordination with Natasa Torbica from the Division of Family and Economic Security, Refugee Programs Section and Savitri Tsering from the Refugee Health Program of the Division of Public Health.
GED Conference in July
Real Connections. Real Breakthroughs.
Chicago, Illinois from July 24-26, 2019

Be inspired by Adult Education thought leaders and load up on innovative teaching and testing strategies from the experts. Through workshops and endless networking opportunities, you’ll be able to dive deeper than ever before into GED topics.

Here’s what’s in store:

Welcome reception for all conference attendees at 5:30 pm on July 24th.
Action-packed day of sessions on July 24-26, 2019
Wrap up at noon on Friday, July 26. 

Connect with your peers and celebrate the hard work and success happening in classrooms all around the country -- thanks to you!

On April 1st, the rate is $485. Your ticket includes two breakfasts, 1 lunch, the evening welcome reception as well as attendance for all conference events. Dinner is not included.

Please note: Payments are non-refundable after July 12, 2019; this applies to all forms of payment.

For more information, go to
Job Postings
Join Madison Reading Project as the Outreach and Literacy Coordinator
Hours Per Week:  25- 30 hours per week
Madison Reading Project (MRP) seeks an Outreach and Literacy Coordinator who will:
  • Work towards literacy goals of the mission and annual totals of programs and books delivered to children
  • Manage the Book donation Center
  • Recruit, engage, and manage volunteers
  • Collaborate with the development team regularly to support grant writing and fundraising efforts
  • Develop and coordinate programming

Resources and Funding Opportunities
A Marketing Resource for Organizational Members of ProLiteracy
LIKE ALL NONPROFITS, adult literacy and education programs need to operate effectively while
making the most of their limited budgets. This is why we launched the Member Toolkit.
The Member Toolkit is a comprehensive selection of marketing tools to help local programs increase
awareness about their organization and adult literacy. The available tools include:
  • Email Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Google Ads
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Student Stories
  • Infographics

We will continue to update the toolkit with new, beneficial marketing tools throughout the year, including tools on volunteer recruitment and retention, fundraising, website development, and branding.

The entire Member Toolkit is available exclusively to Organizational Members; however, a sample of tools is available to everyone on ProLiteracy Education Network. The Member Toolkit is a valuable member benefit that offers a complete one-stop-shop to help organizations with their marketing needs.
Improve Adult Literacy Skills With Free Apps for Andriod
Join ProLiteracy and/or Team MKE (Milwaukee Knowledge Exchange) in the Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition and help adult learners access FREE mobile apps to improve reading, math, and English Language skills. (Team MKE is a partnership between Literacy Services of Wisconsin and YWCA Southeast Wisconsin.)

XPrize Apps available for download:
  • Learning Upgrade helps students learn English and math in a fun and engaging way through songs, video, games, and rewards. 
  • Codex: Lost Words of Atlantis is a mobile game based on an archeological adventure storyline to help adult learners improve their English reading skills.
  • Amrita Learning is an excellent tool for all levels of readers. The Amrita reading curriculum features a series of stories interwoven with factual Life Skills passages, learning games, multisensory activities, and music within the reading passages. 
  • Cell-Ed simulates texting with a coach to learn and practice basic and intermediate-level skills. The English on the Go course allows users to practice phonics, vocabulary, and reading skills in short segments. The Skill Builder course is perfect for pre-high school equivalency work in reading, writing, social studies, and math.

It’s easy to get started. 
  1. Download the apps on an Android smartphone or tablet from the Google Play Store
  2. Enter the program code (1155 for ProLiteracy and 2255 for Team MKE) at the beginning of the app download.

To be counted for either ProLiteracy or Team MKE’s tally: 
  1. The apps must be downloaded and used on Andriod smartphones or tablets.
  2. Each learner must use at least one app on at least three different days.  
  3. The code must be entered at the beginning of the download.

The competition runs from April 1 through August 31, 2019, but learners will be able to use the apps for free for one full year after the competition ends.
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